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Alumni Network Board

The College of Education Alumni Network  is a chartered organization of the Alumni Association, and works in partnership with both the College and the Alumni Association to advance alumni relations. The network is guided by a the vision and leadership of dedicated alumni board members, the Office of Advancement and the College dean. 

For questions regarding the College of Education Alumni Network and Board, please contact Rachel Hess, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, rmhess@umd.edu

Barbara Friedlander

Barbara FriedlanderBoard President
'85 Special Education, '90 M.A. Education

Barbara Friedlander, a Nationally Board Certified Special Education Teacher, is a Learning & Achievement Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. With over 30 years of experience in teaching and learning, Ms. Friedlander dedicates her time outside of school as a volunteer alumni leader for the College of Education Network, Jewish Terps Alumn Network and the UMD Board of Governor's. Barbara is the co-author of "Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students". 

Meri Robinson

Meri Robinson, Vice President
'96 Early Childhood Education, '16 Ed.D. Education, Leadership, & Policy

Meri serves as an administrator for Prince George's County Public Schools, MD. 

Candice L

Candice LietzkeTreasurer/Membership Chair |
'98 Elementary Education

Candice has been serving as a first grade teacher at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD since 1997. s a Nationally Board Certified Early Childhood Generalist and certified Reading Specialist, she strives to instill a love of literacy, and believes in the powers of hard work and reflection to grow.  She has been fortunate to serve in a number of roles outside of the classroom to support other educators, including as an instructor for National Board graduate courses, district literacy trainer, and advocate of new educators through New Educator Orientation, training, and mentoring.  Being a life-long learner, Candice is passionate about developing professionally, most notably earning The John F. Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts Award six times from 2010-2020.  In her leisure time, she loves to spend time with her husband and dogs, Liberty and Sunshine, read voraciously, and enjoy all things Lilly Pulitzer.

Patricia Myers

Patricia Myers, Secretary 
'65 Elementary Education

Linda Pieplow

Linda Pieplow, Past President 
'72 English Education, '78 M.A. Secondary Education

Cherly Dyson

Cheryl Dyson 
'99 M.A. Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Cheryl L. Dyson serves as the superintendent of Frederick County Public School, MD. Her mantra is, “Every child. Every day,” which elevates our collective responsibility in honoring the uniqueness in every student and aligning the resources necessary to support their needs. Prior to her current position, she served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal intern, principal, director of family and community engagement, director of school support and improvement of elementary schools, and area associate superintendent mostly in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD.

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Darryl Williams
'11 Ed.D. Education, Leadership, & Policy

Dr. Darryl Williams serves as the Superintendent of Baltimore Country Public School, MD. He chooses to serve on the Alumni Network Board because it provide him an opportunity to continue to build a pipeline of educators and administrators in our local school systems. Dr. Williams sees himself as a "servant leader" who wants to provide opportunities to counsel our young people to become teachers, counselors , administrators and other educators. Dr. Williams is a member of the School Superintendent Association, Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. His favorite passages as a school principal were "Failure is not an option" and "Together, we can." When Darryl is not working he is spending time with his wife of 30 years, Shellie and their three young children. 

Eve Case

Eve Case
'03 Social Studies Education

Eve serves as the Social Studies Coordinator for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD. In this position, Eve oversees the development of curriculum and assessment while implementing professional learning and supporting school based leaders in PK-12 schools. Eve is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher who continues to utilize this vital lens in all levels of her current role. Eve is active member of the Maryland Civic Education Coalition serving as the chair of the Education Working Group and member of the steering committee of the organization. Eve is also a member of the Maryland Council for Social Studies, National Social Studies Supervisors Association and the National Council for Social Studies. Eve is a mom of three busy children that keep her on the sports fields, in the library and making many memories at the beach each summer.

Elizabeth Stuart Whitehead

Elizabeth Stuart Whitehead
'98 Art Education

Elizabeth has served as the Visual Art Supervisor for Prince George's County Public Schools, MD since 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from UMD, a Master of Arts degree in education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her certificate in supervision and administration also from UMD.  She is currently seeking her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Maryland. Whitehead taught elementary art for nine years and was the content specialist for art, theater, and dance for Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland, for seven years. Elizabeth has co-authored two books—Using Art To Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies (Klein & Stuart, 2013), and Using Art to Teach Writing Traits (Klein & Whitehead, 2018). She loves to find ways for children to use art to deepen their understanding of other subjects and believes that all children can access the same level of understanding in different ways. Elizabeth lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, Christopher, and her two children. Elizabeth currently serves as the chair for the Jump Start Your Job Search annual event. 

Jacob Goldberg

Jacob Goldberg
'12 Secondary Education Social Studies

Jake serves as the Data Couch at Laurel High School in Prince George's County, MD and an Expert Reviewer for MSDE. Jake serves on the Alumni Network board because he feels like the College of Education always did a great job in supporting students and he wanted to pay in forward and make sure alumni see the value in supporting the next generation of educators. Jake currently serves as the chair of the Social Committee. 

Kristan Skendall 2022

Kristan Skendall
'12 Ph.D. Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy

Dr. Kristan Cliente Skendall joined the Aspen Institute Youth Leadership Fellowship Program as Senior Manager in 2021. Kristan brings with her 20 years of experience in the higher education sector. She most recently served as the Associate Director of the Gemstone Honors Program in the Honors College at the University of Maryland. Kristan’s research focus is primarily related to college student leadership and service-learning where she has published several articles and book chapters related to college student leadership, alternative spring break, multiple identity development, and new professionals needs. Kristan has taught graduate-level courses on research methods, leadership, and student development in addition to undergraduate leadership courses and Gemstone courses. In her free time, Kristan enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, and listening to audio books and podcasts.

Nicole Long

Nicole Long 
'12 Ph.D. Counseling & Personnel Services

Dr. Nicole N. Long is the Assistant Vice President for Student Experience and Belonging in the Division of Student Life at the University of Delaware. She has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in student affairs administration (student diversity programs, fraternity and sorority advising, and student conduct administration), along with experience in institutional research and assessment units. While serving in administrative capacities, Dr. Long has maintained adjunct faculty appointments in education graduate programs and served as a reviewer for the Journal of College Student Development - Research in Brief. She is a professionally engaged leader in higher education, with current service as  a peer evaluator with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation body and advisory board member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards.  In 2017, ACPA-College Student Educators International named Dr. Long as an Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional. 

Norka Padilla

Norka Padilla
'87 Elementary Education

Norka is currently an Instructional Specialist with International Admissions & Enrollment in the office of School Support and Wellbeing in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD where she collaborates to ensure equitable access to standards-aligned instruction and programming K-12.  Norka has over 30 years of experience as an instructional specialist and teacher, designing and facilitating professional development nationally.  She also enjoys consulting for state, national, public, and private organizations on standards-setting and policy. Norka is a Nationally Board Certified specialist in English as a New Language K-12. Norka was born and raised trilingual as a Guatemalan-Norwegian-American in Washington, DC, and is the proud mother of three young men. She and her husband live in Chevy Chase and enjoy traveling, urban walks, and hiking in nature. Norka has been serving on the College of Education Alumni Network Board since 2019, serving two years as Vice President. She joined the board to support aspiring educators, connect alumni back to the university and is proud of helping to increase alumni membership which supports the ranking of the institution that launched her career as one of few Hispanic/Latina teachers in 1987.

Tia Washington

Tia Washington 
'03 Social Studies 

Tia is a Learning and Achievement Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. In her 19-year career in MCPS, she also served as a middle school social studies teacher and Staff Development teacher. Tia is a passionate equity warrior and specializes in coaching school teams to disrupt systems of oppression to better serve their students and community. The leading motivation for Tia in working on the alumni board centers on professional learning and providing alumni with the knowledge and skills to serve their school communities, both K-12 and in higher education. In her spare time, Tia enjoys reading historical fiction, live music, and her dog Chili. She currently lives in Clarksburg, Maryland. 

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Tiki Ayiku

'05 M.A. Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy

Tiki is the Assistant Vice President for Professional Development for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Tiki was awarded the 2022 Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication and inspiring service to the College of Education.